I’ve been with BBB for 8 years and through all that time of keeping an eye on the advertising climate of Cincinnati, I’ve been consistently amazed at the persistence of job scam advertising. It never seems to stop. And it never will; this is something I’ve come to accept, as grudgingly as one can.
But as the job scam persists, so must we, at least in terms of our warnings about them. A few days back, we received a telephone call from a consumer about an ad appearing in the Cincinnati Enquirer for a job reading, “Construction Project Manager for resorts corp. FT, Cincinnati based. Must have extensive construction supervision or management background. Excellent Salary Package. Call HR Dept.”
Sounds legitimate enough, right?
The consumer that we spoke with about the ad said that the business conducted a short telephone interview with him and then stated that they wanted to conduct an interview in California. The catch: he’d be required to pay half of the airline ticket, amounting to over $300, by wire transfer. Fortunately, this job seeker heard the words “Wire transfer” and immediately knew it was a scam. That doesn’t mean that numerous others haven’t fallen for the scheme, however.
If you’re on the lookout for a job, there are a few things that should make you wary of job offers or ads you might come across:
Does the offer seem too good to be true? Is the amount of money they’re offering very high for the typical market? This could be reason to look a little more closely at the business.
Are they asking you for money to help “start up?” This is something BBB considers to be a significant red flag. The business you’re trying to work for shouldn’t require you to pay them up front.
Along that same line, if the business asks you for a little too much personal or financial information right up front, think twice. Even though employers do actually need and use information like your Social Security number, they don’t ask you for it until you’ve been hired and already work there.
How easy is it for you to find information about the business? If you ask them for their address, the name of the CEO, or other basic things are they forthcoming? Are there things about the business that don’t add up? This may be a cause for concern.
If you’ve come across job opportunities that have made you think twice, it’s worth checking them out here. If you’ve still got questions, call us—we’d love to hear from you.